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LOAKE APPRECIATION & SHOE P0RN THREAD

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by wurger, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. Radhruin

    Radhruin Member

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    Heh, I'm in Bergen as well, and I got myself a pair of Mulligans just before Christmas. I normally wear a UK 6.5 or 7, and I got them in the latter. Fits well, with room for some felt insoles. The quality seems decent to me, the colour is very nice, and the leather has broken in well. It does get light scratch marks easily though, because of the wax treatment. The boots also have a half bellows tongue, which for some reason isn't mentioned on most websites selling the boots. I've found the commando soles to be excellent in all conditions I've encountered so far, from mud to snow to pavement, and the rubber is pretty tough stuff (I normally wear down the heels pretty quickly, but these ones seem to hold up very well). I have some boots with Dainite soles, but in my experience they are not nearly sufficient in snowy conditions, unless you're only tripping across the parking lot to work. My only gripe with the soles is the fact that pebbles get stuck in them, but that's a minor nuissance I suppose.
     
  2. wurger

    wurger Senior member

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    Loake Tweed is at the high end of the shoemaker range, I find the quality similar to 1880, and it's full grain leather, not corrected grain.
     
  3. BillP

    BillP Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone have the Loake Reeves? Any opinions on the quality?
     
  4. Odradek

    Odradek Senior member

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    Good to hear.
    Thank you for replying so quickly.
     
  5. othertravel

    othertravel Senior member

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    Hey guys, how does Loake sizing work when converting to US sizing? Is it like C&J (7.5Uk/8.5US) or EG (7.5UK/8US)?

    I'm an 8.5US. Thanks!
     
  6. othertravel

    othertravel Senior member

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    I also have a low instep; what last would you recommend?
     
  7. wurger

    wurger Senior member

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    sorry, I only have the capital last, and 026 last, and I don't have a particular low instep either.
     
  8. Terpo

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    I'm 10UK in the Loake Capital. 11US Alden Grant.
     
  9. rainbowgrease

    rainbowgrease Senior member

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    Like C&J - depending on the last you may have issues with the vamp.
    This link has served me well, http://www.pediwear.co.uk/newsitem/60.php
     
  10. othertravel

    othertravel Senior member

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    That link is helpful; thanks! Does anybody have experience with the Swing Last? Particularly with the instep.
     
  11. Odradek

    Odradek Senior member

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    Can't say much about the instep, but the Swing last is very "generous".
    I have the Asquith saddle shoes on that last and they are roomy. Best advice is to go down a half size from normal.

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    othertravel Senior member

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  13. Odradek

    Odradek Senior member

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    My wife bought me a pair of burgundy Herring double monks for Christmas, but unfortunately got the size a bit wrong. A half size too big so they have to go back. Not really crazy about double monks anyway so wanted to exchange them for something else, while staying with the burgundy colour. Narrowed it dow to two pairs of shoes, the Loake Strand, (on the Capital last), and the Herring Richmond brogue, (made by Loake on the 026 last).

    Keep changing my mind which one to get.
    Any opinions for the Loake fan club?

    Loake Strand
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    Herring Richmond
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  14. Roger la Rock

    Roger la Rock Senior member

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    The Adelaides (Strand) every time.
     
  15. Gbg brouge

    Gbg brouge Senior member

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    Definately the Strand! Personally I like the 026 last better than the Capital, but the Adelaide is a beauty [​IMG]
     
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    After seeing all the photos of Strands, I think I'll definitely be getting a pair. Can anyone comment on the dark brown color? I'd like to get them in a dark brown, but most of the photos I've seen are of the burgundy, and I've seen other photos elsewhere of Strands in a brown that looks much lighter than the Burgundy. Is what Pediwear calls "Mahogany Burnished Calf" the same color as "Dark Brown" listed on Loake's website (and Herring doesn't even list a brown color)? I'm not so good at matching up Wurger's photos with the colors listed on Pediwear/Loake's sites due to their photos/lighting being quite different. Thanks for anyone's input.
     
  17. BillP

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    Good choice on the Strands. I'm getting the burgundy ones from Pediwear. They've been very helpful also. Have you asked them about the colors? Maybe they could take a photo.
     
  18. marcodalondra

    marcodalondra Senior member

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    Ordered them online from a uk site as brown (but the picture looked like very dark brown), the box says brown, the shoes are IMHO medium brown at best
     
  19. adampaul

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    marcodalondra, thanks for photo! I just went through this entire thread, and I don't know how I missed that post. They look quite a bit lighter than I'd expected or hoped for. I might have to go for the Burgundy since I'd like a darker shoe. But I'm still building a basic shoe wardrobe and I'm lacking dark brown dress shoes. I have a preference for semi-brogues, and I was hoping the Strand would fit the bill. But if not, any suggestions from experience regarding similar styles that actually come in a dark brown?
    Quote:I think I will ask Pediwear if they have any photos of the "Mahogany Burnished Calf" other than stock/Loake-provided photos.
     
  20. marcodalondra

    marcodalondra Senior member

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    this pictures of the Savoy shows the Mahogany in the background, black in the middle and I guess the same brown as my Strand in the front [​IMG]
     

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